Business & Human Rights Seminar

Business and Human Rights Seminar

Business and Human Rights Seminar

Tuesday 6th June 2017


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39 Essex Chambers
81 Chancery Lane


5pm until 7pm

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This seminar will be separated into two panel sessions following an introduction from Alison Foster QC

Panel Session One (Chaired by Lord Dyson)

Topics to be covered:

  • What’s on the horizon? Priority human rights challenges for business – Phil Bloomer (Executive Director – Business and Human Rights Resource Centre).
  • Environmental litigation against companies –  Justine Thornton QC
  • Human rights of companies – Articles 1 Protocol 1 – Fenella Morris QC
  • Panel discussion/Q&A

Panel Session Two (Chaired by Nigel Pleming QC)

Topics to covered:

  • Addressing human rights and modern slavery risks in supply chains – Giles Bolton (Responsible Sourcing Director – Tesco PLC).
  • Mitigating the risks of modern slavery in the construction industry – Marion Smith QC
  • The Modern Slavery Act – Jenni Richards QC
  • Investment and human rights – Deok Joo Rhee QC.
  • Panel discussion/Q&A

Refreshments will be served after the event.

**This seminar will follow Chatham House Rules**

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under Chatham House Rules, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Guest Speaker Biographies:

Giles Bolton –  Responsible Sourcing Director, Tesco PLC

Giles leads a team of 42 full-time human rights and environmental experts around the world, responsible for ensuring good working conditions and sustainable sourcing across Tesco’s supply chain. He is on the Board of the Ethical Trading Initiative and chairs the aid transparency NGO Publish What You Fund. Prior to joining Tesco, he worked for the UK Govt’s Department for International Development for ten years, including in Kenya, Rwanda and Iraq. He is author of the activist book ‘Aid and Other Dirty Business’, on how western aid and trade measures affect African countries.



Phil Bloomer – Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Phil is the Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre which tracks the human rights performance of over 6,000 companies around the world, seeks accountability for allegations of abuse, and empowers human rights advocates in business, government, and civil society. Phil was previously the Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam, where he led global campaigns on climate justice, trade and investment for development, access to medicines, universal primary education, and major humanitarian crises. Previously, Phil worked for 11 years in Central America and Colombia working on human rights, especially indigenous rights, and broader economic justice goals.

Key Contact:


Beth Williams

Beth Williams / 0207 832 1155


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39 Essex Chambers is accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide CPD accredited courses. This course is accredited for 2 CPD hours.

NB: This programme of speakers and talks is subject to change.

The venue has full disabled access, however, if you do have any special requirements, please contact Beth.

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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